Clinton Foundation CEO Kevin Thurm provides updates on the work of the Foundation’s programs.
Highlights from last week, October 22, 2018:
- The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC), in partnership with Too Small to Fail, welcomed more than 600 elementary school students to the CPC to enjoy story time with volunteer readers, including Patti Miller, CEO of Too Small to Fail, who joined the Little Rock staff for this inaugural event. The program was held in conjunction with Jumpstart’s 13th annual “Read for the Record” campaign, which highlights the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child. Each year, “Read for the Record” brings together millions of children and adults to read in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the world to read the same book. This year’s book selection was “Maybe Something Beautiful” by Isabel Campoy and Teresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López. Each student who attended the program received their own copy of “Maybe Something Beautiful,” which was available in both English and Spanish.
- The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)’s Bekah Curtis-Heald hosted a discussion on mental health in Puerto Rico. The meeting brought together representatives from 20 mental health organizations working in Puerto Rico. During the meeting, partners heard updates from ongoing mental health projects and discussed opportunities for the group to expand and strengthen this existing work, which focuses on methods such as training care providers to address mental health issues. Going forward, the group will also workshop an awareness mental health campaign that aims to destigmatize the topic of emotional health on the island.
- In Malawi, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) continued preparation work for the upcoming summer planting season which will begin in November. In total, 128 hub farmers will aid seed distribution as loan packs and support planting among farmer clubs and growers. CDI is working with 2,000 farmer clubs and 30,000 growers in eight central districts of Malawi this season. The farmer clubs and growers now working with CDI will benefit from access to improved soybean seeds through an input loan package, which will help farmers build a credit history by repaying loans with seed or grain instead of cash.
- Last Thursday, Too Small to Fail’s campaign with Univision, “Pequeños y Valiosos,” was featured at SOCAP18, the world’s leading conference activating capital markets to drive positive social and environmental impact. Since 2014, “Pequeños y Valiosos” has leveraged the broadcast reach of Univision, the country’s largest Spanish language media company, to deliver Too Small to Fail early childhood messages to Hispanic parents across the country, with more than 750 million media impressions to date. Stephen Keppel, Univision’s vice president for social impact, spoke on a panel highlighting Too Small’s innovative work to reach Hispanic parents through cross-platform media and technology solutions, including television and texting. He also released the results of American University’s independent evaluation of “Pequeños y Valiosos,” which demonstrated that Hispanic parents who are enrolled in the texting program are twice as likely to talk, read, and sing with their children compared to the national average for Hispanic parents.
We’re at #SOCAP18 to talk about our work with @Univision to reach Hispanic parents through television and texting! #PequeñosYValiosos
- The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) in partnership with the Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas Department of Health, and Interfaith Arkansas held its first opioid meeting with faith leaders in Little Rock. The meeting — part of CHMI’s ongoing effort to engage the faith-based community in the response to the opioid epidemic — brought together 24 faith leaders representing nine different faith traditions for a conversation about the country’s opioid epidemic and its impact on the communities of Little Rock. Moving forward, this faith-based round table program will focus on building faith leaders’ knowledge, skills, and confidence to address this issue within their congregations and advancing strategies to strengthen the community’s prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.
Faith leaders play a critical role in society. See how several are partnering to support National #TakeBackDay in Houston as part of ongoing efforts to fight the opioid crisis. https://t.co/RkMViGJU2a
- Staff from the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands to kick off solar projects at three new sites: two schools and a community center on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. Constructing these rooftop solar projects will restore vital electricity in buildings that serve residents year-round and as a place of refuge during emergencies. This new solarization effort is part of a CGI Commitment to Action “Solarizing Two Schools and a Family Resource Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” comprised of five partnership organizations including Expedia Group, Construction for Change, Sextant Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and CCI.
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